26 August 2012

East Africa: Kagame Cup Receives Boost

THE annual CECAFA-Kagame Cup Club Championship has received a $20,000 additional sponsorship from Tanzania's Quality Chemicals Limited.

The Chief Executive Officer of Quality Chemicals Limited Yussuf Manji said his company will inject $20,000 in addition to President Paul Kagame's annual $60,000 worth of prize money to make the tournament more successful.

Manji, who is also the Yanga Chairman, confirmed the development when Yanga SC of Tanzania were hosted by President Kagame at Village Urugwiro on Thursday.

"We recognise the assistance President Paul Kagame has given to sports in the region. My company has offered to inject $20,000 annually to the tournament so as to add value to the CECAFA-Kagame Cup tournament," said Manji.

In 2002, President Kagame became the first sponsor of the club competition, injecting $60,000 which is distributed among the top three finishing teams in the annual tournament. Besides the prize money, the President also gives $15,000 every year for organisation of the tournament, bringing his total sponsorship to $75,000.

As a result of that support, CECAFA leaders renamed the competition Kagame Cup Club championship. The sponsorship remains the competition's lifeline to date. The 2013 CECAFA/Kagame club championship will be held in Kigali in January, according to General Secretary Nicholas Musonye.

Musonye is expected to travel to Kigali next month to meet officials from the Sports Ministry and lay strategies on how they can attract sponsors to enable them host the tournament.

anzania's Yanga won the 2012 title for the second year running after beating local rivals Azam in the final three weeks ago in Dar es Salaam. Rwanda's representatives and three-time winners APR, lost the third place playoff contest 2-1 to guests DR Congo's AS Vita.

Meanwhile, giant Yanga beat Rayon Sports 2-0 in their first friendly match played yesterday at Amahoro stadium. Quick first half goals from Ugandan import Hamis Kiiza and Simon Msuva on 1st and 8th minute were enough to hand the Cecafa-Kagame Cup champions a deserved win.

Rayon responded with good attempts but all their efforts were well dealt with by goalie Aly Mustafa while Papy Kamanzi wasted precious opportunities in-front of the goal. Amavubi players Haruna Niyonzima and Mbuyu Twite were the stars of an impressive Yanga performance.

The Tanzanian team is expected to wind up their tour of Rwanda today with another friendly game against last season's league first runners-up and Peace Cup finalists Police FC at Stade de Kigali.

Yanga is preparing for the Vodacom Premier League which kicks off on September 1.

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